Ukrainian Commander asks President Zelenskyy to sign law toughening punishment for non-compliance with orders

Image of Valery Zaluzhny, Commander of the Ukrainian forces. Credit: Wikipedia - By, CC BY 4.0,

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been asked by Ukrainian military Commander Valery Zaluzhny to sign a new law toughening punishment for non-compliance with military orders.


Valery Zaluzhny, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in a video message posted on his Telegram channel, asked President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to sign a new law toughening punishment for non-compliance with orders by the Ukrainian military, according to

“Today I am forced to raise a rather difficult topic. That of the increased responsibility for unauthorised departure from a military unit or place of service, desertion, an unauthorised departure from the battlefield or refusal to use weapons, disobedience, and non-execution of military orders”, he said, while declaring his support for making the appropriate changes into legislation and asking Zelenskyy to sign the law.

Earlier, it was reported that a petition to repeal the law – which implies increased punishment for the Ukrainian military for failure to comply with the order – gained the number of votes necessary for consideration by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy – more than 25,000

Prior to this, the Ukrainian media reported that the Verkhovna Rada adopted a law providing for the testing of Ukrainian servicemen for alcohol and drug intoxication during martial law, as well as tougher punishment for failure to comply with orders.


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